Posts Written OnApril 2016

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Of course the newly opened Arethusa coffee shop and bakery, “a mano,” is super farm-barn-modern-chic! White washed walls and a vaulted ceiling, exposed black girders, and a wall of black and white cow photos. Coffee on tap and neat rows of Arethusa dairy farm milk, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches – the entire aesthetic screams the good taste of Arethusa!

In case you haven’t had a chance to get there yet, come with us…we’ll show you around!

We’re one! We can’t believe it. What a year!

It took almost 24 hours for our one-year birthday party to really sink in. Is that the sign of a good party? We think so.

There were so many wonderful people together in one perfect spot (Litchfield Distillery), with the most generous sponsors providing food and libations! Delicious hors d’oeuvres were served by Farmers and Cooks Catering (the same incredible couple who own 9 Main). The wine was provided by local vineyards Miranda Vineyard, and Sunset Meadow Vineyards and beer on tap was contributed by Kent Falls Brewing. Bartley of B. Johnstone styled us for the event. We went for edgy black outfits and awesome accessories.

Read on for a recap of the evening…

Monique Shay is the matriarch of the family run business, Monique Shay Antiques and Designs, located in Woodbury and established in 1980. We went along to visit and interview Monique at her beautiful barn store and to learn a little bit about French-Canadian antiques – her nationally recognized expertise. Monique was born in the Normandy region of France and has such a lovely French accent. Swing by and say hello next time you’re in the area (and say hi to her adorable dog Gigi too)!

While in Boston, we made sure to go visit Daniela Corte’s atelier (love that word) – a true Boston brand. We chatted with Kerri Walsh, Director of Operations, then had ourselves a little photo shoot outside on the super fashionable Newbury Street. Check out the looks the three of us put together and then let us tell you about how good their signature leggings feel! Ya never felt leggings like em!

Boston! The next natural city to visit for a quick getaway, and quick it was – 46.5 hours to be exact! When time is limited it’s best to find yourself a lovely hotel to stay in that’s both relaxing and right in the middle of it all. Lora, the travel planning ninja, found Nine Zero. Location, location, location.

I don’t know about you, but we LOVE a good wardrobe purge. Consigning is the perfect way to “out with the only slightly old, but in excellent condition” and “in with the new-to-you.” Or, you can cash out and take a check at the end of a month!

We took our bag (Lora)/bags (Bev) along to Rebecca Christine’s Consignment Boutique in Marbledale, to see which of our items would make the cut.

Winvian

Let us tell you all about our getaway (a mere 30 minutes from our homes) to Winvian Farm, in Morris, CT.

Winvian Farm is gated, so there’s no taking a casual drive through, making it all the more mystical and intriguing. Our only prior knowledge of the Winvian Farm luxury resort is from studying the website (which we may have done at length). For weeks since arranging this trip we’ve been saying things to each other like, “I hope we get the Beaver Lodge” (Bev) or, “I think it’s going to be the Helicopter” (Lora). Winvian Farm boasts eighteen unique resort cottages and the Hadley Suite, designed by fifteen different architects. Each cottage has its own special character and vibe.

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We admit it. We’re a couple of women who really, really, like clothes. We’d almost go as far as to call fashion our hobby! Hence, when we knew we were going to be visiting Winvian Farm for an upcoming Getaway feature, we wanted to look the part. We decided that J. McLaughlin had the look we were going for. Pretty, wearable, casual, chic, and amazing quality fabrics.

So, in true blogging fashion, we decided to make a day/blog post out of our visit to Washington Depot. Here’s “A day in the Depot!”

Even though at the time of writing this it’s snowing in Litchfield County…it IS spring! We visited J. McLaughlin (Washington Depot) to try on their new spring collection and present to you our favorite pieces! Get ready, the weather will surely reflect the season any day now!